Tortola is the largest and most populated of the British Virgin Islands, a group of islands which form part of the archipelago of the Virgin Islands. Local belief is that the name was originally given to the island by Christopher Columbus, meaning "land of the Turtle Dove."
Tortola is a mountainous island 13.5 miles (19 km) long and 3 miles (5 km) wide, with an area of 21.5 square miles (55.7 square km). Formed by volcanic activity, its highest peak is Mount Sage at 1750 feet (530 m). Tortola lies near an earthquake fault, and minor earthquakes are common.
Bays in Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Tortola, is on the calm Caribbean side of the island. This creates an excellent swimming and snorkeling area from the small private beach. The South/West side of the island where the cooling trade winds give constant breezes, especially during the summer....